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    Nuns are at the bottom of pecking order

    In ecclesiastical hierarchy, nuns are bottom-line functionaries, dingbats and footnotes in the order; they come and go in nondescript robes. And if one gets laid, that’s God’s will, no questions are asked. The Church is a male preserve and that of the clergy.  Bishop of Jalandhar Franco Mulakkal is allegedly up to his neck in rape and “unnatural sex” charges, and yet he gets a free pass while the nun he abused

  • Pope Francis begins purge in Chile church over sex abuse scandal

    Vatican City: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the bishop at the center of Chile’s clerical sex abuse scandal and two others as he launches the purge of a church that has lost its credibility under an avalanche of accusations of abuse and cover-up.

  • Man held for abandoning newborn at church in Kerala

    Kochi: A man was today arrested for abandoning his newborn baby in a church in Edappally here, police said. The two-day old’s parents were traced from Wadakancherry in Thrissur this morning, they said. The father of the baby will be charged under various sections of IPC and Juvenile Justice Act, police said.

  • 13 killed in latest Nigeria church attack

    Lagos: At least 13 people lost their lives when suspected herdsmen attacked a church in central north Benue State on Tuesday, a government spokesperson said. Terver Akase, the state governor’s spokesperson, who confirmed the killings, said the governor has cut short his vacation to return home and address the security challenge occasioned by the ongoing killing of Benue people by armed Fulani herdsmen, Xinhua reported.

  • Nigeria shooting: Gunmen kill 21 churchgoers in Omoku area

    Lagos : At least 20 people were killed after gunmen opened fire on them while they were returning from a church in Omoku area of Rivers state, Nigeria. The Anadolu Agency quoted the Pastor Dandy Bathuel as saying, “These 21 worshippers included women and children. The incident occurred at Krigani road at Omoku. A whole family was also wiped out by the unfortunate murder.”

  • Bhopal: Tribal woman raped by church priest, FIR lodged

    Burhanpur: A married tribal woman was allegedly raped by priest in a church at a village under the Khaknar police station on February 9. The victim’s family members informed the police about the incident on Sunday and subsequently an FIR was lodged against accused Hanok Vendor. The accused is on the run.

  • Church roof collapses in Nigeria; 160 dead

    Lagos, Nigeria : The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria, killing at least 160 people, witnesses and an official said.

  • Powerful quake in Italy flattens historic church

    Norcia (Italy) : Italy’s most powerful earthquake in 36 years struck a new blow to the country’s seismically vulnerable heart, terrifying residents for the third time in nine weeks and flattening a revered 600-year-old church.

  • Christ’s burial place uncovered for first time in centuries

    Jerusalem : Scientists have for the first time in centuries uncovered the original surface of what is traditionally considered the tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, reports PTI.

  • Cardinals angered over Vatican McDonalds

    Rome : The new McVatican comes with a side order of outrage. Plans to open a McDonald’s next to Saint Peter’s Square in Rome have angered cardinals, including a group of the red-hatted “Princes of the Church” who live above the proposed site. “It’s a controversial, perverse decision to say the least,” Cardinal Elio Sgreccia said in an interview with La Repubblica daily.

  • Church vandalized in C’garh: 4 more held

    Raipur : Four more youths have been arrested in connection with the alleged vandalisation of a church on the city outskirts, taking the total number of those taken into custody so far to nine, police said on Monday. “In all, nine persons have so far been taken into custody in connection with the alleged vandalisation of the prayer hall located at Kachna village on the outskirts of the state capital,” Inspector General

  • Pope reaches out to Patriarch Kirill

    Mexico City : Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico with speeches to the country’s political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • Church priest survives bid on life in B’desh

    Dhaka : A Christian priest in Bangladesh has survived an attempt on his life by three suspected Islamists who attacked him in his house after pretending to want to learn about Christianity, days after two foreigners were killed by armed men in attacks claimed by ISIS terror group, report PTI.

  • Pope Francis prays before delivering a speech to cardinals and bishops during the synod on the family. -AFP

    Pope urges Church to move ahead as gay issue overshadows synod

    Vatican City : Pope Francis said on Monday that the Church was “not a museum” but a place for progress, as members of a key synod started three weeks of debate aimed at reshaping Catholic teaching on the family.          Francis urged a spirit of “solidarity, courage and humility” as the Catholic Church’s conservative and liberal wings began tackling hot-button topics from communion for remarried divorcees to acceptance of homosexuality, reports AP

  • Those who hide sex abuse by priests ‘are guilty’: Pope

    Vatican city : Pope Francis on Monday unambiguously said Church officials who covered up sexual abuse ‘are guilty’ of wrongdoing, as he returned home after a triumphant trip to the United States where he held emotional talks with child abuse survivors.

  • Pope makes it easier for Catholics to end marriages

    Vatican City : Pope Francis made it easier, quicker and free for Catholics to have their marriages annulled under reforms regarded with suspicion by conservatives who fear he may be opening the door to Church- approved divorce, reports AFP.